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The Biggest Christmas Health Risks—and How to Overcome Them

Christmas Room Interior Design, Xmas Tree Decorated By Lights Presents Gifts Toys, Candles And Garland Lighting Indoors FireplaceReady for Christmas?

The holiday season is a time for celebration with family and friends. But while you may have your Christmas menu planned, your presents wrapped, and your tree decorated, the most wonderful time of the year also comes with a list of health hazards.

Here are some of them:

Colds, Sniffles, and Flu

When the weather outside is frightful, the flu finds its way into our homes. This is especially true for adults, as alcohol, stress, late nights, and parties are a great recipe for colds and viruses. In fact, there are more cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus around than in the recent years.

To minimize your risks, have a flu shot, stay warm, wash your hands regularly, and call Family Health Services or your family doctor as soon as you get the symptoms.

Overeating and Holiday Weight Gain

This is the mother of all Christmas hazards. Most of us gain weight over the Halloween to Christmas stretch, which is dangerous, considering that more than one-third of Americans are already considered obese.

To avoid holiday bingeing, eat slowly. Visualize the bingeing, too; according to a 2010 study, visualizing yourself eating everything you want to eat and not sparing any details about the taste will help you eat less than you would have.

Holiday Heart Attacks

It’s the worst time of year for heart trouble, with heart attacks and other heart-related deaths peaking from late December to early January.

There are many reasons for this, which include heavy and large meals, holiday stress, and skipped meds. In addition, medical practitioners have long known that cold weather is hard on the heart. The blood vessels constrict and blood clots easily.

No one wants to be a Grinch, but a few sensible precautions could help prevent this festive period from becoming the most dangerous time of the year.